New Zealand Wellington
J.W. Mears Token Halfpenny
Mint: Uncertain, British
Standard References: Andrews 362 = Heyde 166 = Lampard 332
Other Details: Mears was a saddler and harness maker on Lambton Quay, Wellington. Tokens were demonetised in New Zealand on March 25, 1897.
A round copper token (29 mm diameter). The piece features the name, address and business of the issuer: J.W. Mears, saddler, collar and harness maker, Lambton Quay, Wellington. The reverse features saddle.
At centre a saddle, above, J.W. MEARS / SADDLER around below, LAMBTON QUAY WELLINGTON
legend in eight lines; ONE HALFPENNY TOKEN / PAYABLE / AT / J.W. MEARS / COLLAR & / HARNESS / MAKER / . NEW ZEALAND .
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 11 Jan 1978
circa 1858 AD
Obverse: J.W. MEARS SADDLER LAMBERTON QUAY WELLINGTON Reverse: ONE HALFPENNY TOKEN PAYABLE AT J.W. MEARS COLLAR & HARNESS MAKER NEW ZEALAND
Type of item
29 mm (Outside Diameter), 8.693 g (Weight)
Andrews 362 = Heyde 166 = Lampard 332
[Book] Andrews, Arthur. 1921. Australasian Tokens and Coins.
[Book] Heyde, Gilbert C. & Skinner, Dion H. 1967. Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand.
[Book] Lampard, William H. 1981. Catalogue of New Zealand Coins Tokens Bank Notes.
[Book] Humberstone, Vaughn. 2010. Merchants Making Money.